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The Best Movies Directed by Lars von Trier 

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List of all movies directed by Lars von Trier ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Lars von Trier are listed here and include movie posters and Lars von Trier movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Lars von Trier as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Lars von Trier movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Lars von Trier film is can be factored into this list.

From Lars von Trier's studio films to Lars von Trier's independent films, this Lars von Trier filmography keeps tabs on all Lars von Trier movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

List is made up of movies like Melancholia and Dogville.

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All Lars von Trier director credits are included. This list of every movie that Lars von Trier has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Lars von Trier movie is and which actors starred in the Lars von Trier film.

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Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, John Hurt

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Dogville is a 2003 Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier, and starring Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Chloë Sevigny, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Ben ...more

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#299 of 321 The Best Political Films Ever Made #253 of 341 The Best Movies All Hipsters Love

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Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier. It tells the story of a couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who, after the death of their ...more

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#29 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #25 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

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Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

Released: 2000

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan ...more

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#271 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #46 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Udo Kier

Released: 1996

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Breaking the Waves is a 1996 drama, romance film directed by Lars von Trier.

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#152 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #62 of 64 The Best Movies That Are Pretty Smart, Too

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Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Nymphomaniac is a 2013 two-part drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, ...more

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Max von Sydow, Lars von Trier, Udo Kier

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Europa is a 1991 Danish drama film directed by Lars von Trier. It is von Trier's third theatrical feature film and the final film in his Europa trilogy following The Element of Crime and ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater

Released: 2013

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The Nymphoniac Part 2 is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.
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Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Jens Okking

Released: 1994

Directed by: Lars von Trier, Morten Arnfred

The Kingdom is an eight-episode Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, and co-directed by Lars von Trier and Morten Arnfred. It has been edited together into a ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lauren Bacall

Released: 2005

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Manderlay is a 2005 Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier and the second part of von Trier's projected USA – Land of Opportunities trilogy. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who ...more

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#26 of 88 The Best Willem Dafoe Movies #16 of 23 23 Movie Sets That Have Killed Animals During Production

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Lars von Trier, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Paprika Steen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The Idiots is a 1998 Danish comedy-drama film directed by Lars von Trier. It is his first film made in compliance with the Dogme 95 Manifesto, and is also known as Dogme #2. It is the second ...more

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The House That Jack Buil... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Lars von Trier
expandedranking added The House That Jack Built Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The House That Jack Built is a 2018 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Lars von Trier. The story follows Jack (Matt Dillon), a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 ...more

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#627 of 816 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #5 of 22 The Most Pretentious Horror Movies Ever Made #54 of 110 The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked

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Udo Kier, Kirsten Olesen, Baard Owe

Released: 1988

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Medea is a 1988 drama film directed by Lars von Trier. Based on the ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, it was written by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Preben Thomsen and Lars von Trier.
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Lars von Trier, Patrick Bauchau, Alexandra Vandernoot

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lars von Trier, Jørgen Leth

The Five Obstructions is a Danish film of 2003 by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth. The film is a documentary, but incorporates lengthy sections of experimental films produced by the ...more
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Lars von Trier, Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight

Released: 1984

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The Element of Crime is a 1984 Danish art film co-written and directed by Lars von Trier. It is the first feature film directed by Trier and the first installment of the director's Europa ...more
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The Kingdom - Season 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Lars von Trier
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Lars von Trier, Jean-Marc Barr, Casper Christensen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The Boss of It All is a 2006 Danish comedy film written and directed by Lars von Trier.
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A Chess Game

Released: 1969

Directed by: Lars von Trier

A Chess Game is a 1969 short film written and directed by Lars von Trier.
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Lars von Trier, Udo Kier, Ole Ernst

Released: 1987

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Epidemic is a Danish science fiction horror film of 1987 directed by Lars von Trier, the second installment of Trier's Europa trilogy. The other two films in the trilogy are The Element of Crime ...more
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Josh Brolin, Lars von Trier, Golshifteh Farahani

Released: 2007

Directed by: Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Wong Kar-wai, Gus Van Sant, + more

To Each His Own Cinema is a 2007 French anthology film commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a collection of 34 short films, each 3 minutes in length, by ...more
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A Flower

Released: 1971

Directed by: Lars von Trier

A Flower is a 1971 short film written and directed by Lars von Trier.
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Lars von Trier, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Beate Kopp

Released: 1977

Directed by: Lars von Trier

The Orchid Gardener is a 1977 experimental film with a mysterious and symbolic plot directed by Lars von Trier.
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Dogville: The Pilot

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Dogville: The Pilot is a 2003 short drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.
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Dimension 1991-2024 Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Dimension is a short film written and directed by Lars von Trier, released in 2010. The film was shot from 1991 to 1997. The original intention was to continue production in three-minute ...more
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A Dead Boring Experience

Released: 1969

Directed by: Lars von Trier

A Dead Boring Experience is a 1969 short film written and directed by Lars von Trier.